Although it may seem like a very common thing to have done, getting your kitchen remodeled is no easy task. In fact, there are many mistakes that can be made along the way that can cost you time, money, and a great finished product. For starters, you need to be sure that you hire a licensed and insured Sacramento kitchen remodeling contractor for your job. Doing this will be a great first step in cutting down or eliminating any costly errors.
When you hire an experienced Sacramento kitchen remodeling contractor for your job, you will benefit significantly from the experience they bring. For example, they will help you avoid common kitchen remodeling mistakes like buying appliances that aren’t a perfect fit size-wise, installing range hoods that are not big enough to do a good job, and building a kitchen island that’s too big for your kitchen space. They will also work with you on planning the job step-by-step from the beginning, explaining everything to you and making sure you are happy before they even begin your project. This is extremely important because it will lessen the chances of you wanting to make a change after the job has begun. These types of on the job changes are literally the most costly mistake you can make. In fact, surveys have shown that making changes after your job has begun will add an average of $1,500 to your project cost. Now that’s something you want to avoid whenever possible! Hiring a reputable Sacramento kitchen remodeling contractor will help you do just that.
To hear about more kitchen remodeling mistakes you should try your best to avoid, please take a look at the video below:
If you’d like to avoid these kitchen remodeling mistakes, contact experienced Sacramento kitchen remodeling contractor Russ Johnson Construction today.
SACRAMENTO KITCHEN REMODELING VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes
NARRATION: When it comes to kitchen remodeling, almost everyone has something they might have done a little differently. We asked people who tackled the renovation what they wished they’d know before they got started.
“I wish I knew to pay more attention to the finishing details.”
“Nobody should start until everything you’ve ordered has been delivered to your home.”
“I wish I had known in greater detail the dimensions of the appliances so that when I opened and closed doors I wouldn’t be bumping into cabinets.”
“Just plan on it taking longer than you think it’s supposed to and then you’ll be fine.”
Center islands are a hot topic. This one looks great, but the common design goof is making the island too big. The countertop should be big enough to be usable, but not too big for the space. Figure on three feet wide to no more than ten feet. As for depth, you want one that measures at least twenty-six inches, and up to forty-eight inches. That’ll give you plenty of work space.
Storage space is another place where it’s easy to goof. Consumer Reports say, don’t skimp. Carefully plan how much storage you’ll need and where to put it. For instance, dishes and glasses need four to six linear feet of cabinet space above or near the sink and dishwasher. Pots and pans need the same amount of space, and you want to store them near your cooktop. And don’t forget about the garbage. You want to be able to hide at least a thirty quart bin close to the sink and dishwasher.
Picking the wrong range hood can also leave you steaming. To clear the air, the hood should be at least as wide as the cook top below. Over an island, your hood should be at least 6 inches wider than the cook top. As for microwave ovens, some have built in vending, which can save space. But Consumer Reports testing find even those that vent best don’t clear smoke and steam as well as a good hood.
Another detail that’s often overlooked is lighting. Even the brightest overheads can cast shadows while you are working. Under cabinet lights brighten the work surface and make cooking easier.
At this hardware store, we asked the pros what they wish homeowners knew before heading into a renovation.
“You really should use a licensed contractor.”
“Something I wish is if they had a general idea beforehand of what things are going to cost. Cabinet. Plumbing. Electrical. Labor.”
“The worst thing that a homeowner can do is change his or her mind about what they want.”
In fact, changing your mind after the work begins is one of the most expensive mistakes you can make, according to a Consumer Reports survey of almost three thousand readers. “Our readers survey indicates that changing your mind adds about fifteen-hundred dollars to the cost of a kitchen remodel.”
When you’re cooking up a kitchen renovation, with some careful planning you can avoid these pitfalls.
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